World War II Photograph Sources at The McCall Library

One of the frequent morale boosters for war workers, c. 1943. Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company Collection.

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Contains approximately 30,000 safety sheet film negatives (4 x 5) taken by various company photographers from the 1930s to the 1950s. Subjects include employees at work, ship construction and repair. ADDSCO activities such as bond drives and rallies, and ship launchings during World War II are also documented. The negatives are well identified and indexed. A small number have been printed, especially those dealing with WWII-era activities. Many of the images appeared in the company's publication Fore and Aft which is also available at The McCall Library.

BROOKLEY AIR FORCE BASE (89-08-189, 93-08-189, 02-03-394)
This collection is made up several smaller donations of images related to Brookley Air Force Base. Within them are more than 280 photographs (3 1/2 x 3 1/2, 4 x 5, and 8 x 10) that show aerial views of the base, the hospital, fire station, service clubs, warehouses, gymnasium, commissary, theater, housing, officers' club, pool, offices, and machine shop. The images were taken in the late 1950s to mid-1960s. Some were used to document overcrowding at the facility; others appear to have been shot as a sort of inventory of the facility prior to its closing. A third set show military personnel and civilians employees working at the facility during World War II.